The CEO of a healthy older company shares how cycling to work and scuba vacations help her excel at work

Today’s CEOs are facing a myriad of challenges: a global pandemic and a massive shift in how and where employees want to work, just to name a few. For leaders, the pressure has never been higher. How do they minimize it? In our new series, we ask executives about their daily wellness routines to better understand the tactics they use to minimize stress and stay healthy.

Katie Reed is the co-founder and CEO of balance, the digital fitness platform for healthy old age. Prior to joining Balanced, Katie was technical director at Ro, software engineer at Namely, and consultant to nonprofits and consultant on product development strategy.

Coffee or tea? And what do you put in there?
I like both — but I’m a daily coffee drinker. I drink black coffee because I like the taste of high-quality powder, and honestly, I drink too much coffee to sustain the habit if I add any calories like milk or sugar.

What is your breakfast dish?
The coffee. I usually skip breakfast and opt for an early lunch, but if I have to run long distances in the morning, I’ll go for an all-in-one bagel, toasted with cream cheese.

Tell us about your workout routine.
I used to have a programmatic approach to exercise, but now as long as I prioritize an active lifestyle, that counts as a win. It could be jogging in the morning before work to train for the New York City Marathon, walking or cycling instead of taking the car to work, or going for a weekend hike with your partner and family. my dog. We also have a company culture of taking our own Balance classes to get feedback on product experiences, which can range from cardio, strength training to stretching.

How many hours do you sleep on a typical night?
On average, I get about 8 hours of sleep. My sleep quality is very good, but this did not happen when I was young. Prioritizing physical activity and not watching movies or working in bed helped a lot.

How do you reduce stress?
Having a special community of friends—from laughter to loyal support over the years brings me so much joy and energy. My dog ​​is a refreshing reminder to step away from serious everyday life. And if I’m feeling overwhelmed at the moment, there’s nothing more helpful than putting on a pair of running shoes and stepping out for a jog to clear my head or reorganize my thoughts.

According to your phone, what is your average daily screen time from last week?
6 hours 23 minutes.

Which apps do you use the most?
Google Chrome.

When was the last time you took a day off? What did you do?
A few weeks ago, I spent time getting my diving certification in Menorca, Spain. I love all things ocean and feel like I’m missing out on the whole scuba diving experience. It’s amazing. I was dreaming and planning my next scuba diving adventure.

What is one thing your company is doing to prioritize employee health?
Our philosophy is simple: our employees know themselves best when it comes to health. We offer an ongoing $100 per month (or $1200 per year) incentive to use health/health/fitness products or services to bridge the gap between personal development and R&D.

What is your favorite treatment?
Pete’s cake. All baked goods. I own one of their sweatshirts.

Show us a photo of your happy place.

“My grandparents’ house is in Palm Springs.”

Courtesy of Katie Reed

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